From the Pastor

From the Pastor

I recently had a medical checkup, (turned out OK), that included a memory check. I sometimes forget where I parked my car when I visit the mall or the hospital so I, (and some of my friends), thought it would be a good idea to see if I was losing my mind. After answering about an hour’s worth of questions, the doctor came to the conclusion that my memory was fine, I just didn’t pay attention! (Something my wife has been saying for years.)

Still, as my wife pointed out, it could be worse. I could be deliberately not paying attention whereas now it’s just a mental defect. (I’m not sure this is better, but she insists it is and since I often don’t pay attention to what she wants or needs I’ll take this as a good thing.)

So, I’m determined to do better in the new year. I am going to make a concentrated effort to pay attention to everyone who is involved in conversation with me or in a meeting with me. I can do this; my wife says I can. After all, God’s very self calls us to be present with those we encounter; Luther called it “being Jesus for others.” It’s a holy thing.

Blessings to you in this Holy Season, keep faith with the entire Twelve Days of Christmas and celebrate the Epiphany on January Sixth with all the Wise People who seek God.


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